5. Montgomery Scott Star Trek
Ive already touched on this within the article, but in my opinion, Peggs first crack at Scotty was a little underwhelming. Maybe its because he was sidelined in favour of the necessary world-building Abrams reboot movie had to make, maybe it was because they had to focus more intently on these incarnations of Kirk and Spock, but whatever it was, Scotty suffered in this film from being comic relief and little else. Of course, if youve got Pegg in your film, its stupid not to use him for some comedy, but to keep him resigned to wise-cracking on tap does him a disservice hes a talented actor whos capable of more, as the sequel showed. Yet in the original he was overshadowed by his own Scottish accent and his sidekick with a face like a cats back-end, and that wasnt right. Ah yes, the accent. Pegg can do good Scottish accents, so maybe when asked to play one of the most famous film Scots he embraced his inner comedian and hammed it up to compensate. Whatever it was, I think it was a poor choice that one tic overshadowed the rest of his performance, and we all seemed painfully aware that this wasnt Scotty, this was Simon Pegg in his Scotty Halloween outfit. Yes, he was probably having a ball, but it was a distracting ball.